Saturday 21 October 2017

'The Wolverine blood kicked in' - Jamie Heaslip declares himself fit for Castres showdown

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip
David Kelly

David Kelly

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip is on course to feature in Saturday's European Champions Cup clash against Castres at the RDS.

"I'm good to go. I'm like Benjamin Button, getting younger. The wolverine blood kicked in. It's been slightly embarrassing, being injured, it's been so long!

"The medics were laughing at me because they had to go back so far to look at my last scan from when I was injured in 2010. It's all on one page, I'm a one page man," said the Leinster captain.

O'Connor confirmed that Leinster did not appeal the three-week ban handed down to Jack McGrath because they felt there chances of proceeding were slim.

"Jack made a mistake and he has learned a lesson from it, the problem was that we were unlikely to win the appeal," said O'Connor.

"We have players who can cover. Castres are a good team, I would never have contemplated resting Jamie Heaslip for a game down the line. That's never in my school of thought."

Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed that there has been no request from Ireland boss Joe Schmidt in terms of who the province select at out-half.

With Jonathan Sexton absent from Ireland's opening leg of their Six Nations title defence, Ian Madigan has struggled to get a consistent opportunity to test his abilities at ten, should he be deemed the likely replacement for the Racing Metro man.

"Joe has no input into our environment," confirmed O'Connor. "The starting ten at the weekend will be either Jimmy Gopperth or Ian Madigan, I haven't decided yet."

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